With reports over the weekend, and then a second wind on Tuesday, when it came to the speculation suggesting that former Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce had rather predictably told Newcastle United to sign Ahmed Elmohamady, it certainly garnered a reaction amongst fans.
With Bruce working with Elmo at Sunderland, Hull City and Villa Park, once he rocked up at St James Park, it was inevitable that he’d be linked with the 31-year-old Egyptian international at some point, so I doubt anyone was actually surprised when the media caught up.
It also meant that there was a healthy dose of scepticism around the claims, especially as they were so loose and typical rumour mill fare, and with Elmo being a pretty popular character at the club given his efforts in our shirt, he certainly has supporters that want him to remain for at least next season as we adjust to the top flight again given his experience in the game. There is also the line of thought that he wouldn’t want a move anyway given our capture of Trezeguet.
That led to some interesting reactions on social media, and I must admit a couple of them tickled me.
Why can’t he just have Bree instead. Or Whelan and Jedinak on a free. ????
— The Religion – AVFC ???? (@AVFC_Religion) August 3, 2019
If he’s after a RB; then why not Hogan? He’s a square peg for his round hole
— Ged Egan (@ged_egan) August 4, 2019
He can have Bree..
— Alex Jennings???? (@AlexanderJenni1) August 3, 2019
Well said ????
— Bruce (@B6Bruce) August 3, 2019
Three thing in this world are inevitable: death, taxes and Steve Bruce bidding for Elmohamady
— Owen Paul (@owenmpaul) August 3, 2019
Give us 30m and deal
— ffsOwen ???????????????????????????? (@officialowen881) August 3, 2019
10m and it’s a deal
— george dyson (@georgeydyson) August 3, 2019
20 mil an he’s yours
— antony (@antonyruston) August 4, 2019
He can jog right on! #AVFC
— Alex DeSouza (@Villa4LifeAlex) August 3, 2019
Of course he does. How very predictable.
— Tony (@DaleysDazzler) August 3, 2019
I’ve just laughed out load and had to describe to my 4 year old why ????????????
— woodyAVFC83 (@Woodyshama1) August 3, 2019
In other news… the sky is blue #avfc
— Jonny Horton (@jonnyhorton88) August 3, 2019
— Ron (@Villlaaaaaaaa) August 4, 2019
Never saw that coming… pic.twitter.com/Zz1BGWsZSK
— Daniel Irvine©️ (@danirvine7) August 3, 2019
Will Bruce retire when Elmo hangs up his boots? Like an FM manager that stops playing the game because they don’t know the names of any of the regen players any more?
— Anthony Harper (@anthonymharper) August 4, 2019
In other news water is wet
— Martin Bratby (@Bratby86) August 4, 2019